An International Platform for Youth-Centered Program Design: HCDExchange

April 29th, 2020 | News


JSI and partners inSupply Health and Feverbee are excited to announce the re-launch of the HCDExchange. The HCDExchange was created to inspire the integration of human-centered design (HCD) in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) programming, with a focus on countries in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. 

Building on the work emerging from the first HCDExchange convening in Dar es Salam in 2018, this 2-year grant will accelerate the development of a robust, efficient, and transparent HCD/ASRH field. We aim to contribute to increased youth agency and improved ASRH outcomes. 

Human-centered design, a process that fosters innovation, prioritizes learning, and puts people at the center of public health, is used to create approaches that are tailored to users’ needs and desires. Incorporating HCD principles in ASRH programs allows implementers to offer youth-centered services while generating insight and evidence on human behavior that help define effective solutions to challenges and facilitate new ways of working.

It is now more than ever important to listen and respond to the complexities and nuances of issues affecting young people. As an international community, we must support efforts that put adolescents at the center.” –MaqC Eric Gitau, Director, HCDExchange, JSI

Led by a core team based in Nairobi, Kenya, the HCDExchange, which includes a community of practice, advisory board, and youth leadership hub, will provide opportunities for researchers and program implementers, designers, evaluators, youth, and funders to work together.

The HCDExchange is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  

The HCDExchange has already begun hosting events for the community. Visit the HCDExchange website to view the recent webinar on COVID-19 and ASRH programming; sign-up for our monthly e-Bulletin; and join the community of practice. 

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